By: Joe Graedon March 16, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Drugs for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH)…

    Millions of men are discovering that an enlarged prostate gland is negatively affecting the quality of their lives. But two popular prescription drugs designed to treat benign prostate hyperplasia (BP…

    By: Terry Graedon March 16, 2017 12 Comments
    If You Get Dizzy When You Stand Up, You’re…

    People who experience a sudden drop in blood pressure and feel dizzy when standing may be at greater risk for dementia later in life. Doctors call this experience "orthostatic hypotension" or "postur…

    By: Terry Graedon March 16, 2017 4 Comments
    What Is the Link Between Blood Pressure and Deme…

    When scientists try to figure out who is predisposed to dementia, they often finger hypertension. There appears to be a link between midlife high blood pressure and dementia (Deckers et al, Internatio…

    By: Terry Graedon March 16, 2017 5 Comments
    Should You Take Fish Oil to Protect Your Heart?

    If you have heart disease, you've probably read lots about statin drugs to lower cholesterol. You may have seen recommendations about eating a Mediterranean-style diet for heart health. But should you…

    By: Terry Graedon March 16, 2017 1 Comments
    Is the FDA Wrong About Testosterone Heart Risk?

    Does testosterone treatment increase a man's risk of heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular calamity? Researchers have recently evaluated the testosterone heart risk. Testosterone Treatment for …

    By: Joe Graedon March 13, 2017 22 Comments
    Do Statin Side Effects Make It Harder To Exercis…

    Regular exercise is considered essential for good health. The benefits include weight control, diabetes prevention, blood sugar management, blood lipid control, improved mood, better sleep and a reduc…

    By: Joe Graedon March 13, 2017 17 Comments
    Can You Trust Foreign-Made Generic Medicines?

    We continue to receive complaints about generic medicines. Many are made in countries where the FDA does not have an adequate number of inspectors. Often the FDA staffers do not speak the native langu…

    By: Joe Graedon March 13, 2017 33 Comments
    War On Opioids Punishes Desperate Pain Patients

    Watch the news on television or read a newspaper and you will likely see a story about the dangers of opioids. Here is just the latest sampling: "Lawmakers Seek Crackdown on Opioids" WRAL.com, Raleigh…

    By: Terry Graedon March 13, 2017 10 Comments
    Will Tart Cherry Juice Really Soothe Gout Pain?

    People who have had one episode of gout are usually anxious to learn how they can avoid another attack. The pain is so intense that even the light touch of a sheet on the affected joint may be unbear…

    By: Terry Graedon March 13, 2017 2 Comments
    What Are the Health Benefits of Asafoetida?

    As North Americans embrace herbs and practices from other healing systems, they will inevitably encounter some that are unfamiliar. Most people know little at all about asafoetida, although it was us…

    By: Terry Graedon March 13, 2017 6 Comments
    What Should You Know About Flatulence?

    Do you have problems with intestinal gas? You can't really discuss such a topic in polite society. It may even be too embarrassing to ask your doctor about gas, with its attendant noise and odor. What…

    By: Terry Graedon March 13, 2017 5 Comments
    Could Probiotic Supplement Ease IBS and Anxiety?

    IBS, irritable bowel syndrome, afflicts an estimated 40 million Americans. They suffer cramps, bloating, diarrhea or constipation as a result of this condition, although gastroenterologists generally …

    By: Terry Graedon March 9, 2017 23 Comments
    Show 1071: How You Can Get Relief from Chronic P…

    Spine surgeon David Hanscom does some of the most complicated surgery you can imagine on bad backs. But his patients get even more benefit from chronic pain by employing the nonsurgical techniques he …

    By: Terry Graedon March 9, 2017 12 Comments
    You Are What You Eat: Is Your Diet Killing You?

    Researchers have found an answer to the question: Is the standard American diet killing us? Unfortunately, too often what we eat and what we skip contributes to disease and death. The Link Between …

    By: Joe Graedon March 9, 2017 27 Comments
    Why Didn’t Statins Protect Dad from Clogge…

    Most cardiologists take it as absolute fact that cholesterol is a bad actor in the heart disease saga. They believe that LDL cholesterol in particular is responsible for causing clogged coronary arter…

    By: Terry Graedon March 9, 2017 2 Comments
    How Do TV Dinners Make You Fat?

    People who watch television while they eat may be setting themselves up for extra pounds. What is the problem with such TV dinners? Turning Off the TV: New research found that adults who have family m…

    By: Terry Graedon March 9, 2017 6 Comments
    Warning: This Will Be a Bad Summer for Lyme Dise…

    This may be an especially bad summer for Lyme disease, according to disease ecologists. This disease is caused by a spirochete transmitted by the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Why Will 2017 Be …

    By: Terry Graedon March 8, 2017 0 Comments
    Severe Anemia After Treatment of Babesiosis

    One tick-borne disease, babesiosis, has been increasing its range dramatically in recent years. The same ticks that carry Lyme disease (Ixodes scapularis) also transmit babesiosis. That is why we are…

    By: Terry Graedon March 8, 2017 22 Comments
    Why Should You Put Cocoa in Your Coffee?

    Is there an advantage to putting cocoa in your coffee? Recent research suggests that people consuming this flavorful combination improve their performance on certain cognitive tasks. The study was dou…

    By: Joe Graedon March 6, 2017 22 Comments
    The Skyrocketing Price of Tetracycline is Shocki…

    The antibiotic tetracycline was first marketed in 1967. That means it is 50 years old and is available generically. The price of tetracycline should be very low. This reader discovered quite the oppos…

    By: Joe Graedon March 6, 2017 15 Comments
    Should You Worry About Kidney Damage with PPI He…

    Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are incredibly popular. By one estimate, nearly 8% of adults took a prescription drug like esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) or omeprazole (Prilosec) in the …

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2017 3 Comments
    Will Kiwi Fruit Make Canker Sores Disappear?

    Canker sores, technically known as aphthous ulcers, are frequently confused with cold sores, though they are not the same thing at all. Cold sores are caused by an outbreak of herpes virus 1. Canker …

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2017 1 Comments
    Do You Worry That Hot Peppers Will Dull Your Tas…

    Hot peppers are a staple in our kitchen. We are always pleased when we read about their benefits. Often, research focuses on the topical application of this substance to ease pain (Chung & Campbel…

    By: Joe Graedon March 6, 2017 7 Comments
    Is It Safe to Take Off Label Drugs for Unapprove…

    Are you taking a medication off label? By that we mean, has your physician prescribed a drug for an unapproved indication? Off label drugs are prescribed far more often than most patients realize. One…

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2017 10 Comments
    How Can You Get Skunk Smell Off Your Dog?

    An encounter with a skunk is a fairly common occurrence for dogs who get to run around in the woods. If the dog is too curious, the skunk will protect itself with its most potent weapon. And then you…

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2017 9 Comments
    Is Diphenhydramine for Sleeping Bad for Your Hea…

    Getting a good night's sleep is one of the pillars of good health, but for many people it is a real struggle. They toss and turn, worrying that they won't be able to fall asleep at all. It is no wonde…

    By: Terry Graedon March 2, 2017 30 Comments
    Show 1070: How You Can Keep Your Feet Happy …

    We rely on our feet to carry us throughout life, every day. What should we do to keep them from complaining? Taking Care of Your Feet: Podiatrist Georgeanne Botek explains how to manage warts, bunions…

    By: Joe Graedon March 2, 2017 12 Comments
    Indian Generic Drug Company Spanked Again by the…

    The Indian generic drug company Wockhardt is in trouble with the Food and Drug Administration...again. This makes the sixth warning letter the company has received. According to FiercePharma (an indus…

    By: Terry Graedon March 2, 2017 3 Comments
    Better Approaches to Detecting Errors in Childre…

    Hospital records don't make note of all medical errors and problems with treatments, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. The investigators set out to find out how family-reported errors…

    By: Terry Graedon March 2, 2017 3 Comments
    How Probiotics Could Ease Your Seasonal Allergie…

    When people start sniffling and sneezing because of seasonal allergies, they usually rely on antihistamines and nasal sprays. A new study suggests that they might also want to consider modifying the …

    By: Terry Graedon March 1, 2017 2 Comments
    Are Younger People Now at Risk for Colon Cancer?

    The rates of rectal and colon cancer have been declining for decades. That may be in part because of screening through colonoscopies. Most such cancers occur in middle-aged and older people. The usual…

    By: Terry Graedon March 1, 2017 7 Comments
    Picking the Best Bug Repellent for Disease Preve…

    As the weather warms up and mosquitoes become active, people need to pay close attention to the type of mosquito repellent they choose. Which Repellent Is Best? A team of researchers at New Mexico St…

    By: Joe Graedon February 27, 2017 16 Comments
    Why Is Celecoxib Not Working and What Can People…

    Celebrex is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It was supposed to be easier on the stomach than other arthritis drugs. But questions about its heart health slowed sales over the last decade. We r…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 12 Comments
    Could Your Toothpaste Make Your Mouth Sore?

    Is something making your mouth sore? We've heard from many readers with angular cheilitis (sore, inflamed cracks at the corners of the mouth). Figuring out the cause and choosing the right treatment i…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 13 Comments
    Can You Solve the Pretzel Mystery?

    People prone to hypertension are often advised to cut as much salt from their diet as they possibly can. This step would reduce their sodium intake and presumably lower their risk of cardiovascular…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 14 Comments
    Is Coconut Oil Good or Bad for Your Health?

    Some topics seem to generate ongoing confusion. One of these areas of contention is whether or not coconut oil is harmful or beneficial for health. If you search online, you'll find a wide range of op…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Supplements Really Protect You fr…

    Avoiding colds and flu is challenging. Physicians will tell you that vaccination is the only protection against influenza. Frequent hand washing is the other standard recommendation. Unfortunately, im…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 4 Comments
    Can You Get the Vitamin B12 You Need from Seawee…

    Americans are accustomed to being told to just eat a well-balanced diet. The implication is clear that if they did so, they wouldn't need to take any dietary supplements. But "a well-balanced diet' is…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 6 Comments
    How to Help Your Heartburn with Persimmon Tea

    Heartburn is an ongoing problem for many people. Gastroenterologists may prescribe a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) such as dexlansoprazole (Dexilant), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec) or p…

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2017 13 Comments
    Show 1069: What Is the Clubhouse Model for Peopl…

    The treatment of mental illness has a discouraging history in this country. Even in the 21st century, psychiatrists rely principally on antipsychotic medications without much else in the way of suppor…